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September 21, 2010 > Pancake breakfast

Pancake breakfast

By Simon Wong

Photo courtesy of Mike Jay

Mission Peak District Scout Troop 176 invites the public to start the day with a hearty breakfast at Centerville Presbyterian Church, Fremont, on Sunday, September 26. Following the tremendous success of their first fundraising breakfast in 2009, members of the Troop, leaders and parents decided to make the event an annual tradition.

Last year, approximately 250 people consumed a total of 500 pancakes prepared from two gallons of milk, 25 lbs of butter, 45 lbs of pancake mix and four large bottles of syrup. Incredibly, one person manned the grill. Bob Christie, whose son left the Troop four years ago, is no shrinking violet. He belongs to the Dawn Breakers Lions Club which hosts its own annual Spring pancake fundraiser at which he also volunteers. He brought his own equipment to assist the boy scouts.

Parents keep a low profile, working in the kitchen, preparing the pancake mix and arranging other breakfast items. The boy scouts will serve the visitors.

This year, the organizers hope to attract 400 people to the event and beat the $2,424 raised in 2009. The funds raised go towards the purchase of camping and cooking equipment, subsidize camping trips and events, pay for the merit badges awarded to members of the Troop and benefit boy scouts who would otherwise be unable to attend camp.

"In the past, Troop 176 organized flea markets and other fundraisers but last year we decided to hold a pancake breakfast. Amita Gupta is the brains behind the operation, which takes about four months to plan, and with the help of her team of parents (Hiten Bhuptani, Susan Garrett, Lynne Guagliardi, Rajesh Gupta, Mike Jay, Vera Kazak, Aarti Makhijani, Dharmesh Makhijani, Prity Patel, Sailesh Patel, Ashu Singh, Kimberly Tinsley, Elena Vera, Yen Willis and Virginia Wong) created a very successful event. This year we hope to repeat that success," said Mike Jay, Troop 176 Committee Chairman.

"This event would not be possible without everyone volunteering their time and effort. Our sponsors have been extremely generous, providing pancake mix, coffee and all the other breakfast items we need to help the boys," explained Amita Gupta, whose son Arjun is a member of Troop 176.

Only a few remaining tickets are available. Individual tickets are $7 per person. Family tickets (for four people) are $24.

Anyone interested in Scouting can speak with an adult leader at any Troop's weekly meeting.

For more information about Scouting within the San Francisco Bay Area Council, visit www.sfbac.org. Alternatively contact Joe Barton at (510) 577-9227 and joeb@sfbac.org or Steve Armstrong at starmstr@comcast.net about the different scouting units in the Mission Peak District (serves Fremont, Union City and Newark) and Tres Ranchos District (serves Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and San Leandro).

For more information about Scouting within the Santa Clara County Council, visit www.scccbsa.org. Alternatively, contact Ken Schott at (408) 280-5088 or ken@scccbsa.org about the different scouting units in the Coyote Creek District (serves Edenvale, Evergreen, Milpitas, Berryessa, Alum Rock, Mt. Pleasant, parts of downtown and East San Jose).

BSA Troop 176 Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
Sunday, September 26, 2010
7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Centerville Presbyterian Church
4360 Central Avenue, Fremont
(510) 585-7590

Tickets: $7 (individual); $24 (family of four).

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